2007 Ford Focus Aux Audio

The 2007 Ford Focus SES I have has a CD player stereo with a giant AUX button. In the glovebox, there is a 1/8″ female jack for plugging in an ipod, iphone, or whatever. On that same jack/housing, there is a rocker switch to turn the power on to the jack itself. Try as I might, I simply couldn’t get anything from the stereo when I hit the AUX button. The display would always read “No AUX audio”. I was assured that this¬†Ford Focus AUX audio was functional when I got the car…

After removing the front of the dash and the 4 screws that hold the head in, I found something I wasn’t expecting to see. Evidently, Ford installs a silver box called TripTunes in lieu of a dedicated line-in. This acts like a built-in FM transmitter and as you can see, has a switch to select the frequency you’d like to broadcast on. (mine was set to 88.3 FM).

So…if you have an AUX hookup in the glovebox and the AUX button does nothing, try plugging in your device and tuning to 88.3 OR 87.9 to see if you can get any love from it.

Android 2.1 stock browser…stopped.

This morning, my wife and I woke up to find that the Android 2.1 stock browser simply stopped working. I timed a page load for Google and it was nearly 60 seconds when it finally came through. I searched for hours to find the solution, and finally did just now.

At some point, something entered in values for the proxy and port settings in the APN.
Go to Home-> Settings-> Wireless and Networks-> Mobile Networks-> Access Point Names-> [Your WAP].
We had to clear the proxy and port fields, and presto! The stock droid browser works again on 3G. Wtf?

This is on the Cincinnati Bell network.
Proxy value was: 216.68.79.202 and port was 80.

I should also note that Opera mini worked, even when the Android 2.1 stock browser gave up.